Professional and organisational standards

  • Each Baby Counts

    Each Baby Counts is the RCOG’s national quality improvement programme to reduce the number of babies who die or are left severely disabled as a result of incidents occurring during term labour.

    Publisher: Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG)
    Published Date: 23/10/2014

  • Invited reviews: a guide

    This document sets out the RCOG's approach to requests for invited reviews of obstetric and/or gynaecology services, or individual clinical practice.

    Publisher: Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG)
    Published Date: 23/01/2014

  • Reconfiguration of women’s services in the UK (Good practice No 15)

    This good practice paper is based around recommendations made in several RCOG reports and guidance from other relevant organisations. It focuses on workforce planning including obstetric staffing, size of unit, geographi ...

    Publisher: Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG)
    Published Date: 18/12/2013

  • Smoking cessation: acute, maternity and mental health services. NICE public health guidance PH48

    This guidance aims to support smoking cessation, temporary abstinence from smoking and smokefree policies in all secondary care settings.

    Publisher: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
    Published Date: 27/11/2013

  • NICE quality standard: multiple pregnancy (QS46)

    NICE quality standards are a concise set of prioritised statements designed to drive measurable quality improvements within a particular area of health or care. This quality standard covers the management of twin and tri ...

    Publisher: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
    Published Date: 25/09/2013

  • NICE Medical technologies guidance. Vision Amniotic Leak Detector to assess unexplained vaginal wetness in pregnancy (MTG15) July 2013

    In this medical technologies guidance, NICE has said that the Vision ALD should be considered for pregnant women with unexplained vaginal wetness.

    Publisher: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
    Published Date: 17/07/2013

  • NICE Quality Standard: postnatal care (QS37)

    This quality standard covers postnatal care, which includes the core care and support that every woman, their baby and if appropriate, their partner and family should receive during the postnatal period. This includes re ...

    Publisher: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
    Published Date: 16/07/2013

  • NMC Quality assurance framework

    This framework ensures that quality assurance activities operate effectively. It was informed by user feedback and aims to increase lay involvement; increase the proactive management of emerging risk; reduce the burden o ...

    Publisher: Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
    Published Date: 17/06/2013

  • NICE Caesarean section (QS32)

    This quality standard covers the care of women who plan for or may need a caesarean section.

    Publisher: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
    Published Date: 11/06/2013

  • NICE: Antibiotics for early-onset neonatal infection (CG149)

    This clinical guideline offers evidence-based advice on the use of antibiotics to prevent and treat early-onset neonatal infection (that is, infection with onset within 72 hours of birth).

    Publisher: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
    Published Date: 22/08/2012

  • Sepsis following Pregnancy, Bacterial (Green-top 64b)

    The purpose of this guideline is to provide guidance on the management of sepsis in the puerperium (i.e. sepsis developing after birth until 6 weeks postnatally), in response to the findings of the Centre for Maternal an ...

    Publisher: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
    Published Date: 25/04/2012

  • Sepsis in Pregnancy, Bacterial (Green-top 64a)

    The need for a guideline on the management of sepsis in pregnancy was identified by the 2007 Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths. The scope of this guideline covers the recognition and management of serious bacteri ...

    Publisher: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
    Published Date: 25/04/2012

  • Guideline No 127: Management of perinatal mood disorders

    The guideline will be of interest to midwives, health visitors, clinical psychologists, community mental health services, general practitioners, pharmacists, obstetricians and psychiatrists, with other community agencies ...

    Publisher: Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN)
    Published Date: 02/04/2012

  • Supervision, support and safety: NMC quality assurance of the LSAs 2010-2011

    Report on the statutory supervision of midwives in the UK containing the analysis of the annual report received from every local supervising authority (LSA) in the UK for the practice year 2010-2011. LSAs are impartial ...

    Publisher: Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
    Published Date: 03/01/2012

  • Caesarean section (NICE clinical guideline)

    This clinical guideline updates and replaces NICE clinical guideline 13 (published April 2004). It offers evidence-based advice on the care of women who: have had a caesarean section in the past and are now pregnant agai ...

    Publisher: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
    Published Date: 22/11/2011

  • The management of twin and triplet pregnancies in the antenatal period

    This clinical guideline offers evidence-based advice on the care of women with multiple pregnancies (twins and triplets) in the antenatal period.

    Publisher: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
    Published Date: 28/09/2011

  • Management of sickle cell disease in pregnancy (Green-top guideline 61)

    The purpose of this guideline is to describe the management of pregnant women with sickle cell disease (SCD). It will include preconceptual screening and antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal management. It will not cover ...

    Publisher: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
    Published Date: 26/07/2011

  • Management of women with mental health issues during pregnancy and the postnatal period (Good Practice No. 14)

    Mental illness makes a significant contribution to maternal deaths. This document highlights the role of maternity services in the early identification of high-risk women and assessment of current illness, and describes ...

    Publisher: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
    Published Date: 09/06/2011

  • Hepatitis B: Antenatal screening and newborn immunisation programme - Best practice guidance

    This document contains guidance for commissioners in improving the uptake rate of existing infant hepatitis B immunisation programmes for newborns who are at risk of hepatitis B infection. It should be considered as supp ...

    Publisher: Department of Health (DH)
    Published Date: 18/04/2011

  • Lead Midwife in Diabetes Standards, Role and competencies

    The Royal College of Midwives working with NHS Diabetes have developed a standards document which comprises an agreed role specification and a standards and competency framework for the LMD role. This can be used by mate ...

    Publisher: Royal College of Midwives (RCM)
    Published Date: 23/02/2011

  • Breastfeeding care pathway

    The Department of Health, with support from the Baby Friendly Initiative, has produced two breastfeeding care pathways for mothers and health professionals. This publication is a one-sheet reference guide for health prof ...

    Publisher: UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative
    Published Date: 16/11/2010

  • WHO surgical safety checklist: for maternity cases only

    The development of this checklist has been undertaken as a collaborative project between the NPSA and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. This checklist is adapted from the WHO surgical safety chec ...

    Publisher: National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA)
    Published Date: 11/11/2010

  • Obtaining valid consent to participate in research while in labour

    Provides a good practice framework for researchers who, due to the nature of their study, are limited to obtaining a valid consent for participation in research while in labour or in the immediate postpartum period.

    Publisher: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
    Published Date: 27/09/2010

  • The management of hypertensive disorders during pregnancy

    This clinical guideline offers evidence-based advice on the care and treatment of women who have or are at risk of developing hypertension (high blood pressure) in pregnancy. It contains advice on the diagnosis and manag ...

    Publisher: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
    Published Date: 25/08/2010

  • NICE: Quitting smoking in pregnancy and following childbirth (PH26)

    The guidance is for NHS and other commissioners, managers and practitioners who have a direct or indirect role in, and responsibility for, helping women to stop smoking in pregnancy and following childbirth.

    Publisher: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
    Published Date: 22/07/2010

  • Labour Ward Solutions

    This document is aimed mainly at those responsible for implementing the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts (CNST) maternity standards. It highlights the many chall ...

    Publisher: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
    Published Date: 05/02/2010

  • RCOG Standards for Maternity Care

    RCOG working party report, the audit indicators and the standards database can be downloaded

    Publisher: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
    Published Date: 01/06/2008

  • Maternity Dashboard: Clinical Performance and Governance Score Card

    The purpose of this guidance from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, is to urge all maternity units to consider the use of the Maternity Dashboard to plan and improve their maternity services.

    Publisher: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
    Published Date: 29/02/2008

  • Safer Childbirth: Minimum Standards for the Organisation and Delivery of Care in Labour

    The joint document, Safer Childbirth: Minimum Standards for the Organisation and Delivery of Care in Labour, provides clear and concise information about the roles and essential minimum staffing levels required to suppor ...

    Publisher: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
    Published Date: 10/10/2007

  • Midwives rules and standards

    This booklet contains the rules and standards for midwifery and statutory supervision of midwives. It also provides guidance on the interpretation of those rules and standards. This replaces the previous Midwives rules ...

    Publisher: Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC)
    Published Date: 01/08/2004

  • Standards for hospitals providing neonatal intensive and high dependency care (2nd ed) and categories of babies requiring neonatal care

    Published in 2001 by the British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM), this is an update to the original 1995 edition.

    Publisher: British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM)
    Published Date: 01/12/2001


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